Dr. John Staples, Coordinator
The Russian, East-European and Eurasian Studies (REES) Minor promotes the study of this large region within an interdisciplinary framework. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union the world looked forward to a new age of European and world integration; but while some countries from the former Soviet sphere of influence have prospered and moved toward greater integration, others have slipped into poverty, isolation, and authoritarianism. Russia hangs dangerously between authoritarian and democratic tendencies. Students in the REES Minor will explore the history, languages, cultures and societies of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia in order to deepen their understanding of this region, with its unique place in global development.